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  • Council agrees to purchase fuel under contract

    The city of Vandalia will, for the first time, purchase fuel for city vehicles under contract, but the startup date for that contract has yet to be determined.
    Two weeks after South Central FS offered to sell gas and diesel to the city under contract, aldermen voted to accept that offer, but to let Mayor Rick Gottman decide when that practice will start.

  • Shimkus hosts local meeting to help mayors with economic development

    Mayors of other representatives of communities from throughout this region gathered in Vandalia on Monday to learn how state and federal agencies can help with economic development efforts.

  • Vandalia Pool closing Monday

    Area residents wanting to take one final leap from the high dive at the Vandalia Municipal Swimming Pool have only a few more days to do so.

  • Crop survey: corn, 140; beans, 45

    This year’s extremely wet weather caused some Fayette County fields to be replanted at least once or twice, and some not to get planted at all.

  • Copies of 2015 Vandalois now available

    Copies of the 2015 Vandalois, the Vandalia Community High School yearbook, have arrived and may now be picked up.
    Yearbooks will be handed out from 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. through Friday, Sept. 11, in the high school cafeteria. Those needing to pick them up at other times should contact Amy Vieregge at 283-5155 or by email at avieregge@vandals203.org.

  • Fatality at Vandalia I-70 exit
  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 3

    ✔ Those wishing to use the high dive at the Vandalia Swimming Pool have until 5 p.m. on Monday, when the pool closes for the season. The high dive will be removed through pool renovations.
    ✔ Soroptimist International meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Three taken to hospital, couple ticketed following I-70 wreck

    Three individuals were taken to Fayette County Hospital for treatment, and two of them charged with offenses, following an accident west of Vandalia that closed the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 for several hours.

    According to the Illinois State Police-District 12, a preliminary investigation shows that a 1999 Ford Expedition driven by Bryan R. Giannini, 53, of York, Pa., was eastbound on I-70 when it crossed into the center median near the 57-mile marker, crossed back into the eastbound lanes and rolled over on its driver's side.

  • Farm Bureau's crop survey is next Monday

    Fayette County farmers will get a pretty good idea early next week on what they can expect for corn and soybean yields this fall.
    The Fayette County Farm Bureau’s marketing committee will hold its annual crop survey on Monday, with teams scattering throughout the county to gather corn and soybean estimates.
    Those estimates will be pulled together to get average yields for those crops this year.
    And those estimates will likely be pretty accurate, since the Farm Bureau’s survey has been extremely close to yield figures over the years.

  • Harvest Festival improved

    While one major part of Vandalia’s fall festival has been dropped from the schedule, another popular event is taking its place.
    And, a new attraction is being added to the festival schedule.
    Due to cutbacks, the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency is not holding the Grande Levée this fall.
    In recent years, the Grande Levée – a celebration featuring period crafts, art and music – has been held in conjunction with the Vandalia Tourism Commission’s Harvest Festival.